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Greens gaining on Merkel's conservatives

The Local · 4 May 2011, 08:53

Published: 04 May 2011 08:53 GMT+02:00

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In a survey by pollster Forsa for news weekly Stern, the Green party garnered 28 percent, up one point from last week. Meanwhile, Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democrats held steady at 31 percent.

The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) dropped one point to 21 percent – the party’s worst result since the summer of 2009.

Merkel’s junior coalition partners, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) continued to wallow below the threshold necessary to win seats in parliament at 4 percent. And the socialist Left party dipped 1 percentage point to 8 percent.

The poll puts voter support for Merkel’s centre-right coalition 14 points behind a potential centre-left alliance of Greens and the SPD.

The two parties will present their joint cabinet for Baden-Württemberg later on Wednesday after they were able to break the conservatives’ six-decade grip on power in the southwestern state by winning an election there on March 27.

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10:31 May 4, 2011 by pepsionice
All at the expense of the SPD. It's almost like the head guys of the SPD have totally given up and know that they can never win another election. If you draw up a list of the top SPD ten.....you just don't see any guy getting national attention.
18:35 May 4, 2011 by vonkoenigsberg
The Green party is ultra-liberal and would rather see wind fans all over germany's beautiful landscape and than cut down a single tree. They are too extreme, in other words, to be qualified for any sort of leadership role. What is the SPD thinking, joining their coalition?
19:13 May 4, 2011 by Major-General Sir Binden-Blood
A vote for Green is a vote for communists! GREEN =communists pretending to be concerned about the enviroment!
20:19 May 4, 2011 by Englishted
Let me introduce Major-General Sir Binden-Blood,

The new neo leader of McCarthyism.
21:38 May 4, 2011 by euskept
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23:16 May 4, 2011 by Thorsten
This is like a horror show!

They will bring more LGBT propaganda, fight against the institution of family and even decrease our birth rates. (It is at 0,7 per women -> in 2 generations the population gets reduced 50%)

This party is dangerous for any society...
22:48 May 5, 2011 by Gabriel Grubb
I agree with major-general here ,the GREENs frequently side with the communists and far left wing when voting in the EU! Even if it means voting AGAINST enviromently improvements! GREENs are the Wolf in sheeps` clothing!
22:45 May 6, 2011 by EastPrussia
I agree, the GREENS are bad news for everyone. The only people who vote for these super liberal "evironmentalists" are select suburban homes with high incomes. In other words, people who aren't affected by the Green party's socialist/communist policy. The SPD is working-class by the way...why are they in a coalition with welathy liberals in the first place?
12:44 May 7, 2011 by tallady
Most people I question as to the platform of the Green Party are clueless. I think there is a sizable group of people that think Green is in vogue and have little to no idea what they really represent.
23:13 May 17, 2011 by watermark0n
"All at the expense of the SPD."

Actually, the SPD is only down like 2% from 2009. Comparing to last election, it's: CDU: 34% (-2), SPD: 23% (-2%), FDP: 15% (-11%), Left: 12% (-4%), and Greens 11% (+17%). So most of it's support seems to have come from the FDP, which seems weird. Maybe FDP supporters fled to the CDU and CDU voters fled to the SPD and SPD voters fled to the Greens? Political musical chairs! Whatever...
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